AAP Gets First Blow in TN as ‘Gnani’ Exits

Criticises factionalism in State unit, indifference of top leaders

Published: 28th June 2014 07:27 AM  |   Last Updated: 28th June 2014 07:27 AM   |  A+A-

CHENNAI: Following its failure to make a significant mark in the recent Lok Sabha elections, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Friday received another publicly visible jolt. Journalist ‘Gnani’ V Sankaran, who had contested on the AAP ticket in the Alandur by-poll, announced that he was quitting the party. Gnani made the announcement to party circles through a message late on Thursday, and then posted the news on his profile on a social networking website.

While Gnani’s public post merely stated his resignation even while continuing to support the party, the message to cadre was more explicit. On the reasons for his resignation, he said, “I had to take this decision since the party organisation is in a state of limbo in the State with several factions carrying on with their own independent activities and Delhi being indifferent and helpless to the whole situation.”

“The argument that once the restructuring committee finalises the report and everything would fall in place is not convincing to me since that could take more than six months from now for creating any semblance of order. During this period enough damage would probably be done to the already affected credibility of the party,” read the message.

Gnani added that his health was among the other factors that had led to his decision. But his frustration did emerge when he said, “I am further crippled by the fact that being a public media person for the last several decades, I am compelled to defend the indefensible situation prevailing in the party state unit every time I appear in any channel.” He also requested party cadre not to call him with appeals to reconsider, and remained unreachable to the media.

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